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PROF. DR. BART WILLE

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ABOUT ME

I am an Assistant Professor Industrial-Organizational Psychology and HRM at Ghent University. As you can see from the picture above, Ghent is a fantastic place to study and work.


My research focuses on psychological individual differences (e.g., personality traits, vocational interests, career competencies) in the context of OB/HRM/Careers. Specific research topics include career development and management, person-environment fit, interest assessment, interest development, leadership, multirater assessments and dark side personality. This work has been published in journals such as Jounal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and The Leadership Quarterly. I also serve on the editorial boards of Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Counseling Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, and the International Journal of Testing.

My teaching at Ghent University includes the courses 'Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology' and 'Human Resource Management'.


I also do consulting for organizations (profit and non-profit) on topics such as test development, employee screening and selection, and Talent Management. I am a co-founder of Low Lands Assessment Systems, which is specialized in professional interest assessments.


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CURRICULUM VITAE

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (2018 - ... )

Ghent University

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR PERSONNEL AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (2016 - 2018)

University of Antwerp

VISITING SCHOLAR (2016)

Purdue University

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER (2013 - 2016)

Ghent University

PHD CANDIDATE (2007 - 2012)

Ghent University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


Schelfhout, S., Wille, B., Fonteyne, L., Roels, E., Derous, E., De Fruyt, F., & Duyck, W. (in press). How interest fit relates to STEM study choice: Female students fit their choices better. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Vergauwe, J., Hofmans, J., Wille, B., Decuyper, M., & De Fruyt, F. (in press). Psychopathy and leadership effectiveness: Conceptualizing and testing three models of successful psychopathy. The Leadership Quarterly.

Kuijpers, E., Pickett, J., Wille, B., & Hofmans, J. (in press). Do you feel better when you behave more extraverted than you are? The relationship between cumulative counterdispositional extraversion and positive feelings. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Nye, C. D., Wille, B., Amory, J., & De Fruyt, F. (in press). Are work activities related to interest change over time? A 22-year longitudinal study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Hofmans, J., Wille, B., & Schreurs, B. (2020). Person-centered methods in vocational research. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 118.

Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Lievens, F., Back, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2019). Climbing the corporate ladder and within-person changes in narcissism: Reciprocal relationships over two decades. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 115.

Woods, S. A., Wille, B., Wu, C-H., Lievens, F., & De Fruyt, F. (2019). The influence of work on personality trait development: The Demands-Affordances TrAnsactional (DATA) model, an integrative review, and research agenda. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110, 258-271.

Wille, B., Wiernik, B. M., Vergauwe, J., Vrijdags, A., & Trbovic, N. (2018). Personality characteristics of male and female executives: Distinct pathways to success? Journal of Vocational Behavior, 106, 220-235.

Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Kaiser, R., & De Fruyt, F. (2018). The double-edged sword of leader charisma: Understanding the curvilinear relationship between charismatic personality and leader effectiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 110-130.


Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Kaiser, R., & De Fruyt, F. (2017). The “Too Little/Too Much” Scale: A new rating format for detecting curvilinear effects. Organizational Research Methods, 20, 518-544.


Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Feys, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). Maturation of work attitudes: Correlated change with Big Five personality traits and reciprocal effects over 15 years. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 507-529.

Wille, B., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). Vocations as a source of identity: Reciprocal relations between Big Five personality traits and RIASEC characteristics. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 262-281.

Wille, B., Tracey, T. J. G., Feys, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). A longitudinal and multi-method examination of interest-occupation congruence within and across time. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84, 59-73.


​*Wille, B., De Fruyt, F., & De Clercq, B. (2013). Expanding and reconceptualizing aberrant personality at work: Validity of Five-Factor Model aberrant personality tendencies to predict career outcomes. Personnel Psychology, 66, 173-223.

*Winner of the 2014 Hogan Award for Personality and Work Performance


 
Het bespreken van de nummers

RESEARCH TEAM

 
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EVY KUIJPERS

PhD student (Principal supervisor: Prof. dr. Joeri Hofmans, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

What happens when we act out of character? Evy's research focuses on the consequences of counterdispositional behavior at work. To do so, she uses a combination of experimental and experience sampling designs.

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JUSTINE AMORY

PhD student

Who will be the leaders of tomorrow and how can they get it right? Justine's research focuses on leadership and leader development.

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SENNE LETOUCHE

PhD student

How can innovation be cultivated in organizations? Senne investigates how innovation trickles-up, trickles-down, and trickles-all-around.

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FIEN HEYDE

PhD student

Work is an important part of our lives and a driver of personality development. Fien examines the conditions at work that bring out the worst in us.

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SOFIE DUPRÉ

PhD student and Teaching Assistant

Topic to be determined.

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MONA BASSLEER

PhD student (Principal supervisor: Prof. dr. Wouter Duyck)

SIMON: An online study (re)orientation tool.

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DR. JASMINE VERGAUWE

Post-doc (Supervision together with Prof. dr. Filip De Fruyt and Prof. dr. Joeri Hofmans)

Jasmine's postdoc research focuses on leadership, personality, and leader personality. She is interested in bright as well as dark sides of personality, and combines insights from I/O and clinical psychology in her work.

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INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS TEAM?

Please contact me for more information on how to join my research group.


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PUBLICATION LIST

 

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES


Schelfhout, S., Wille, B., Fonteyne, L., Roels, E., Derous, E., De Fruyt, F., & Duyck, W. (in press). How interest fit relates to STEM study choice: Female students fit their choices better. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Sosnowska, J., Hofmans, J., Rauthmann, J., & Wille, B. (2021). Personality is dynamic and it matters: The role of personality dynamics in applied contexts. European Journal of Personality, 35, 418-420.

Vergauwe, J., Hofmans, J., Wille, B., Decuyper, M., & De Fruyt, F. (in press). Psychopathy and leadership effectiveness: Conceptualizing and testing three models of successful psychopathy. The Leadership Quarterly.

Kuijpers, E., Pickett, J., Wille, B., & Hofmans, J. (in press). Do you feel better when you behave more extraverted than you are? The relationship between cumulative counterdispositional extraversion and positive feelings. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


Nye, C. D., Wille, B., Amory, J., & De Fruyt, F. (in press). Are work activities related to interest change over time? A 22-year longitudinal study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


Brenning, K., De Clercq, B., Wille, B., & Vergauwe, J. (2020). Borderline personality and burnout: A fine-grained analysis investigating the link with work-family conflict. Personality and Individual Differences, 162.

Hofmans, J., Wille, B., & Schreurs, B. (2020). Person-centered methods in vocational research. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 118.

Holtrop, D., Wille, B., de Vries, R., & Born, M.Ph. (2020). Het sferische model van beroepsinteresses en de volledige en verkorte Nederlandstalige Personal Globe Inventory. Gedrag en Organisatie, 33, 6-43.

Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Lievens, F., Back, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2019). Climbing the corporate ladder and within-person changes in narcissism: Reciprocal relationships over two decades. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 115.

Schelfhout, S., Wille, B., Fonteyne, L., Roels, E., De Fruyt, F., & Duyck, W. (2019). From interest assessment to study choice: an empirical advice set engine. Journal of Experimental Education.


Schelfhout, S., Wille, B., Fonteyne, L., Roels, E., Duyck, W., & De Fruyt, F. (2019). The effects of vocational interest on study success: student person – environment fit and program interest diversity. PlosOne.


Woods, S. A., Wille, B., Wu, C-H., Lievens, F., & De Fruyt, F. (2019). The influence of work on personality trait development: The Demands-Affordances TrAnsactional (DATA) model, an integrative review, and research agenda. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110, 258-271.


Vergauwe, J., Kaiser, R., Wille, B., De Fruyt, F., & Hofmans, J. (2018). A method for capturing context in the assessment of leaders: The “Too Little/Too Much” rating scale. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 11, 657-662. doi:10.1017/iop.2018.127

Wille, B., Wiernik, B. M., Vergauwe, J., Vrijdags, A., & Trbovic, N. (2018). Personality characteristics of male and female executives: Distinct pathways to success? Journal of Vocational Behavior, 106, 220-235. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2018.02.005.


Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Kaiser, R., & De Fruyt, F. (2018). The double-edged sword of leader charisma: Understanding the curvilinear relationship between charismatic personality and leader effectiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 110-130. doi:10.1037/pspp0000147


Judge, T. A., Hofmans, J., & Wille, B. (2017). Situational judgement tests and the measurement of personality: Some answers and more questions. European Journal of Personality, 31, 441-502. doi:10.1002/per.2119

Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Kaiser, R. B., & De Fruyt, F. (2017). Too much charisma can make leaders look less effective. Harvard Business Review, vol. published online. https://hbr.org/2017/09/too-much-charisma-can-make-leaders-look-less-effective


Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Kaiser, R., & De Fruyt, F. (2017). The “Too Little/Too Much” Scale: A new rating format for detecting curvilinear effects. Organizational Research Methods, 20, 518-544. doi: 10.1177/1094428117706534


Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Hofmans, J., & De Fruyt, F. (2017). Development of a Five-Factor Model charisma compound and its relations to career outcomes. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 99, 24-39. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2016.12.005.


Wille, B.*, & Grigoras, M. (2017). Shedding light on the dark side: Associations between the dark triad and the DSM-5 maladaptive trait model. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 516-521. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.09.016.

*Shared first authorship.


Fonteyne, L., Wille, B., Duyck, W., & De Fruyt, F. (2017). Exploring vocational and academic fields of study: Development and validation of the Flemish SIMON Interest Inventory (SIMON-I). International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 17, 233-262.


Woods, S. A., Patterson, F, Wille, B., & Koczwara, A. (2016). Personality and occupational specialty: An examination of medical specialties using Holland’s RIASEC model. Career Development International, 21, 262-278.


Hell, B., Wille, B., & Höft, S. (2016). New developments in the assessment of vocational interests and implications for research and practice: An editorial for the special issue. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 60, 59-64.


De Fruyt, F., Wille, B., John, O. P. (2015). Employability in the 21st century: Complex (interactive) problem solving and other essential skills. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 8, 276-281


Wille, B., De Fruyt, F., Dingemanse, S. A., & Vergauwe, J. (2015). A closer look at the psychological diversity within Holland interest types: Construct validation of the Career Insight Questionnaire. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 67, 234-257.


Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Feys, M., De Fruyt, F., & Anseel, F. (2015). Fear of being exposed: The trait-relatedness of the impostor phenomenon and its relevance in the work context. Journal of Business and Psychology, 30, 565-581. doi: 10.1007/s10869-014-9382-5.

Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Feys, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). Maturation of work attitudes: Correlated change with Big Five personality traits and reciprocal effects over 15 years. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 507-529. doi: 10.1002/job.1905.


Wille, B., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). Vocations as a source of identity: Reciprocal relations between Big Five personality traits and RIASEC characteristics. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 262-281. doi:10.1037/a0034917.


Tracey, T. J. G., Wille, B., Durr, M. R, & De Fruyt, F. (2014). An enhanced examination of Holland’s consistency and differentiation hypotheses. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84, 237-247. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2014.01.008.


Wille, B., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). Fifty shades of personality: Integrating Five-Factor Model bright and dark sides of personality at work. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 7, 121-126. doi:10.1111/iops.12119.


Wille, B., Tracey, T. J. G., Feys, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2014). A longitudinal and multi-method examination of interest-occupation congruence within and across time. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84, 59-73. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2013.12.001.


De Fruyt, F., & Wille, B. (2013). "Hey, this is not like me!" Convergent validity and personal validation of computerized personality reports. European Review of Applied Psychology, 63, 287-294. doi:10.1016/j.erap.2013.07.001.


De Fruyt, F., Wille, B., & Furnham, A. (2013). Assessing aberrant personality in managerial coaching: Measurement issues and prevalence rates across employment sectors. European Journal of Personality, 27, 555-564. doi:10.1002/per.1911.


Woods, S. A., Lievens, F., De Fruyt, F.,  & Wille, B. (2013). Personality across working life: The longitudinal and reciprocal influences of personality on work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, 7-25. doi:10.1002/job.1863.


De Fruyt, F., De Clercq, B., De Bolle, M., Wille, B., Markon, K., & Krueger, R. F. (2013). General and maladaptive traits in a Five-Factor Framework for DSM-5 in a university student sample. Assessment, 20, 295-307. doi:10.1177/1073191113475808.


Feys, M., Anseel, F., & Wille, B. (2013). Responses to co-workers receiving recognition at work. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 28, 492-510. doi:10.1108/JMP-08-2011-0025.


Wille, B., De Fruyt, F., & De Clercq, B. (2013). Expanding and reconceptualizing aberrant personality at work: Validity of Five-Factor Model aberrant personality tendencies to predict career outcomes. Personnel Psychology, 66, 173-223. doi:10.1111/peps.12016.


Wille, B., De Fruyt, F., & Feys, M. (2013). Big Five traits and intrinsic success in the new career era: A 15 year longitudinal study on employability and work-family conflict. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 62, 124-156. doi:10.1111/j.1464-0597.2012.00516.x.


Wille, B., Beyers, W., De Fruyt, F. (2012). A transactional approach to person-environment fit: Reciprocal relations between personality development and career role growth across young to middle adulthood. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81, 307-321. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2012.06.004.

Feys, M., Anseel, F., & Wille, B. (2011). Improving feedback reports: The role of procedural information and information specificity. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 10, 661-682. doi:10.5465/amle.2010.0054.


Wille, B., De Fruyt, F., & Feys, M. (2010). Vocational interests and Big Five traits as predictors of job instability. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 547-558. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2010.01.007.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Schreurs, B., Hofmans, J., & Wille, B. (2021). Multilevel modeling for careers research. In W. Murphy & J. Tosti-Kharas (Eds.), Handbook for Research Methods in Careers. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Lievens, F., & Wille, B. (2020). Loopbaanmanagement. In F. Lievens (Ed.), Human resource management: Back to basics. Lannoo.


Lievens, F., & Wille, B. (2020). Training en ontwikkeling. In F. Lievens (Ed.), Human resource management: Back to basics. Lannoo.

Wille, B., & Inceoglu, I. (2020). Leadership. In R. Randall, I. Coyne, F. Patterson, & J. Arnold (Eds.), Work Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace (7th ed). Pearson Education Limited.

Wille, B. & De Fruyt, F. (2019). The development of vocational interests. In C. D. Nye & J. Rounds (Eds.), Vocational Interests in the Workplace: Rethinking Behavior at Work.


Vergauwe, J., Wille, B., Hofmans, J., Kaiser, R. B., & De Fruyt, F. (2018). Too much charisma can make leaders look less effective. Leadership Presence, Harvard Business Review’s Emotional Intelligence Series.


Wille, B., & Gijbels, D. (2018). De werkplek als leerplek en de rol van de mentor in duaal leren. In V. Dekocker en K. Sodermans (Eds.), Leren duaal leren (pp. 35-51). Acco.


Wiernik, B. M., & Wille, B. (2018). Careers, Career Development and Career Management. In D. S. Ones, N. Anderson, C. Viswesvaran, & H. K. Sinangil (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of industrial, work and organizational psychology (2nd ed., Vol. 3). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


De Fruyt, F., & Wille, B. (2013). Cross-cultural issues in personality assessment. In N. D. Christiansen & R. P. Tett (Eds.), Handbook of personality at work (pp. 333-355). New York, NY: Routledge.

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CONSULTING

I also advise individuals and organizations (profit and non-profit) in matters related to HRM / Talent Management. Below is a brief overview of these different activities. Please contact me for more information.

 

KEYNOTES / WORKSHOPS

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Besides my presentations at academic conferences, I also give talks and presentions on topics related to my research. These topics include Leadership, Personality, Career assessment and Career development.

HR CASES

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Organizations also contact me to participate in challenging HR cases. These cases typically involve employee screening, assessment and/or interviewing.

INSTRUMENT DEVELOPMENT

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With Low Lands Assessment Systems, we develop state-of-the art vocational interest inventories to be used in HR, Talent Management and for individual career counseling.

IN THE MEDIA

Press Coverage

I am also frequently contacted by media to discuss matters related to I-O Psychology / HRM / Personality.


CONTACT ME

Faculteit Psychologie en Pedagogische Wetenschappen
Universiteit Gent
Henri Dunantlaan 2
9000 Gent
België

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